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Steaming shuttles

Discussion in 'Shuttlecock' started by david14700, Nov 20, 2003.

  1. xzavire

    xzavire Regular Member

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    I have the same experience. Toronto id a dry place and its worsened by the AC in the summer and heaters in the winter.

    I use Areo black or Chaopai red. From my various experiments I find the best way to steam a shuttle is to do it the day before. After steaming I would put a moist paper towel on both ends of the tube and leave it for the night. The paper towel absorbs the condensed steam and keeps the tubes internal humidity high. Otherwise the steam cools and the water just flows from the tube. The overnight hold allows the feathers to saturate but not too much where the adhesive is affected.
     
  2. dave010

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    I had steamed them the day before. I found that steaming them doesn't affect the durability much but is awful for playability. Most shuttles I have tried use poor quality cork, which means that the shuttle looks like an oval or a square from the back while the feathers are still intact.
     
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    I haven't had much issue with playability. It took a while to get the ideal process down and I find that the shuttle has no negative physical defects after steaming. It's only when I've steamed them too hard that I find rapid changing of shape; in most cases they pancake after a few good smashes. For the most part I'm content with my process as it saves me a lot of shuttles in the long run.

    I will say that I now play with a group with a huge range of skill levels. There's a lot of mishits on a regular basis anyways so flight trajectory, spin and etc. are not a concern for them for the most part. Maybe it becomes unnoticed when the guys can't even hit the shuttle properly in the first place.
     
  4. dave010

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    I don't steam my shuttles anymore, but I will often find that the shuttle has pancaked after a couple good smashes while the feathers are still good (when not steamed).
     

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